March 2007

DAY FIVE – Bethlehem and Ein Kerem

March 14, 2007

Perfect weather is frequent in Israel but other possibilities often present themselves. It is days like today that remind my pilgrims that this is not a vacation but a spiritual pilgrimage and adventure. It was pouring down rain. Many have said that rising with the sun today was the highlight of their trip — not [...]

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Day Four in Israel

March 13, 2007

Day Four began with a 6:30 Wake-up Call and breakfast at Nof Ginosar in Galilee. We boarded the bus and headed a few minutes along the shore to Tabgha — which is short for longer Greek word meaning "Seven Springs." That is why the fish gravitate toward the northwest corner of the sea because of [...]

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DAY THREE – Galilee & Banias

March 12, 2007

This one is FIXED! Another day full of excitement, good friends, holy places, experience of our Lord and delicious food. Imagine the Sea of Galilee in the misty morning with birds singing and waves lapping the shore. Now imagine 100 pilgrims boarding a boat and setting out into the sea to sail the same waters [...]

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Day 2 in Israel

March 11, 2007

Everyone is doing great and having a wonderful time. Enjoy seeing your family and friends in the video. After a delicious breakfast we headed through the hills west to Mount Tabor, the mountain of the Transfiguration. The road up the mountains is full of switchbacks and far to steep for the buses so we took white taxis [...]

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DAY ONE – We arrived in Israel!

March 11, 2007

Continental arrived around 10 AM and Lufthansa around 3:30 PM. Everyone arrived safe and sound. After unloading our luggage the travel-weary pilgrims ate a typical sumptuous dinner at the Nof Ginosar on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Then we boarded the buses and headed to the Primacy of St. Peter Church and held [...]

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Lufthansa has Landed!

March 10, 2007

To update family and friends of our Holy Land pilgrims — the Detroit group on Lufthansa has landed. We are gathering them and will soon board Bus #2 for Nof Ginosar in Galilee. The Group on Bus #1 is settled in at the kibbutz hotel on the shore resting up. Everything going perfectly as planned! [...]

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Update – 2:15 PM Israel time; 7:15 AM Eastern time

March 10, 2007

Group from NY arrived on Continental. They are on Bus #1 almost to Galilee. Group from Detroit on Lufthansa will land in 45 minutes and will go to Galilee on Bus #2. We will eat dinner at 7:00 PM Israel time and have a welcome Mass at 8 PM outside on the shore of Galilee. [...]

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Discovery Channel “Pulls” 2nd Showing of “Jesus Family Tomb”

March 9, 2007

Embarrassed? They don't like looking stupid? Too much legitimate and justified criticism? Accused of "archaeo-porn"? Why did Discovery Channel pull the 2nd showing of their big money-maker? Why are they keeping mum? http://www.tvweek.com/news.cms?newsId=11681 Two excellent articles debunking the documentary. Click here.

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Three Tombs — We Take A Walk

March 9, 2007

I know of three tombs here in Jerusalem today that have proponents claiming they are the tomb of Jesus Christ. We visited two of them today and the third we could not find.  The “Jesus Family Tomb” First the one we could not find. It is the supposed “Jesus Family Tomb” which is located about [...]

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Exclusive! Logos Catholic Bible Study Software

March 9, 2007

We have the exclusive rights to sell Logos' new CATHOLIC BIBLE STUDY SOFTWARE. You can only buy it at Steve's website www.BibleTheology.com.  Steve worked with Logos to remove much of the less useful Protestant material and to add helpful new Catholic material. For example, we now have the Catholic New American Bible and the Revised Standard Version-Catholic [...]

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Just Landed in Israel

March 5, 2007

It is 3:30 AM in a very quiet Jerusalem. We just drove in to the Notre Dame Center. Tomorrow we'll go visit Talpiot with the so-called "Jesus Family Tomb" and take pictures. More later after we get some sleep.

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Join Us on a Virtual Pilgrimage – Starting March 10!

March 3, 2007

Join us here for a “Virtual Pilgrimage” to the Holy Land! We will be on pilgrimage in the Holy Land from March 10-18 (though Janet and I will be there from March 5-21). We have two huge buses filled to capacity! To see our Daily Itinerary on this trip, click here. We will be uploading [...]

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Titanic Mistake — by Deal Hudson

March 3, 2007

With the Discovery Channel's tragic show on Sunday, it is good for Christians to arm themselves with the truth — reality and archaeology — not nonsense and amateurism. Deal Hudson's article Titanic Mistake is worth reading, printing, and giving to others who will be effected by this unfortunate "documentary."

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What are the Best Dioceses in America?

March 1, 2007

Deal Hudson's article can be read here. Interesting to me was that the diocese doing the best are in areas where Catholics are least welcome; the areas where the Church is least healthy are areas where the Catholic Church has the longest history. (Link is now fixed, sorry!)

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The AntiChrist is an Ecumenist

March 1, 2007

Antichrist is an ecumenist, Vatican preacher warns Vatican, Mar. 1, 2007 (www.CWNews.com) – Excesses of ecumenism and a tendency to downplay the Cross of Christ reflect the spirit of the Antichrist, Cardinal Giacomo Biffi warned Pope Benedict XVI (bio – news) and the leaders of the Roman Curia. In a meditation preached during the Lenten [...]

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